The world is rapidly changing, and we’re seeing a seismic shift as automotive companies seek to find alternative ways of reducing emissions. However, a reduction in emissions does not mean less fun, as Rolls Royce are demonstrating this week. Their design and engineering teams are currently developing a zero emissions aircraft that looks to break the current world speed record of 213mph.
They have been working alongside numerous partners in their quest for the record, and they’ll look to take to the skies early next year in the hopes of smashing the previous time. The plane has been coined “The Spirit of Innovation”, which is a clear indication of what Rolls Royce are seeking to deliver during their latest venture.
In their statement, they said “For the ACCEL programme to be net zero further demonstrates our commitment to developing cleaner, sustainable, lower carbon power”. Beyond any doubt, it really showcases their desire to make progress in this field of aviation.
Rolls Royce have actually teamed up with a number of different companies to bring this project to life. YASA, a high powered electrical motor manufacturer, will be supplying the engine that will make this all possible, and Electroflight will be supporting by providing the electotrain to help with energy storage and conservation.
This really is a collaborative effort between numerous companies, all with the same end goal; creating an aircraft that is solely electrical and making it reach speeds never before considered possible. These drastic steps towards finding sustainability in flights is a huge positive, and a step in the right direction for aviation in general.
Considering that previous commercial airlines have had to halt production - due to the increasing environmentally damaging effects and lack of sustainability - presents the travel and automotive industry with a real problem that needs addressing. It would seem that the giants in luxury travel are one of the first to step forward in trying to find alternative pathways to flight, and the results will be highly anticipated.
Rolls Royce’s commitment to innovation in sustainability is sure to generate news headlines everywhere and achieve high praise. Their ACCEL programme - short for ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight’ - is already showing promising results, and we can’t wait to see them set out next year and attempt to break the world record and showcase the future of aviation at the same time. Let’s see if their competitors can bring something equally if not more revolutionary to the table.